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Thursday, 29 September 2011 23:33

Besiktas come unstuck in England

Stoke v BesiktasStoke City 2-1 Besiktas

In perhaps Carlos Carvalhal’s biggest game as interim manager of Besiktas, the Black Eagles came out strong but came away with nothing as they were unable to hold on against Stoke.

Besiktas, playing with Portuguese trio Manuel Fernandes, Ricardo Quaresma, and Simao, got off to a flying start in only the 14th minute after a well-worked move emanating from midfield. At the center of it all were Fernandes and Quaresma, the former acting as the midfield distributor and the latter dispatching a slide rule pass for Roberto Hilbert to run onto and slot past the outstretched arms of keeper Thomas Sorensen. 

It was a fabulous opener and boded well for the Black Eagles and their numerous fans gathered inside the Britannia Stadium, but their excitement was to be short-lived. Only a minute later, a corner from the left was deflected down into the box off Ryan Shawcross and was bundled home by Peter Crouch. The goal briefly calmed things downafter a tumultuous start, but Besiktas quickly found their feet again.

Fernandes thunderbolt

In the 29th minute, Manuel Fernandes was given just enough space to unleash a thunderbolt of a shot from all of 30 yards that was parried with difficulty by Sorensen. The ball rebounded back out to midfield, and presently found its way to Quaresma, who released a shot of his own from 30 yards that flew narrowly wide.

Besiktas dominated the rest of the half with Fernandes the central protagonist, but despite several good chances, neither team was able to break the deadlock before the half time whistle.

After a tense opening to the second half, Stoke began to assert themselves and created several good opportunities, even striking the post through Walters. Not to be outdone, Besiktas also struck the post through Quaresma, whose shot was wildly deflected onto the left upright courtesy of a Stoke defender.

It was to be Stoke who would finally take the lead however, as Peter Crouch was brought down in the box by Roberto Hilbert. Walters emphatically drove the resulting penalty home.

Simao assist

Besiktas tried to get back into the game and Simao thought he had provided the assist for the equalizer when he set Edu up beautifully with a through ball. Sorensen was quick off his line to smother the resulting shot and Robert Huth cleared the rebound to safety.

In the end it was a valiant performance from Carvalhal’s men but more will be expected of them defensively if they are to succeed in European competition. Besiktas will be in action again on October 3rd against Gaziantepspor in the Turkish Super Lig.

Goals:
[0-1] Hilbert, 14
[1-1] Crouch, 15
[2-1] Walters, 78 (pen)


by Nathan Motz

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Comments (4)
Sad
4 Friday, 30 September 2011 13:28
Damn it! The penalty which is given by referee is wrong decision clearly. I think, Stoke didn't deserve this match.
Helder Barbosa is not a striker hes a winger
3 Friday, 30 September 2011 11:40
He should be selected instead of Varela for sure. Varela is below form.
Quaresma
2 Friday, 30 September 2011 10:40
But can he do it on a cold Thursday night at Stoke?!

Oh...

ok it wasn't cold....it's like being in Portugal this week. Maybe that's why he played so well, sick assist!
Dear Paulo Bento
1 Friday, 30 September 2011 05:02
A message that MUST be sent to Paulo Bento:
I'm not going to elaborate, but simply Heldwer Barbosa must take a shot especially now since Almeida's out!

And no one can understand why Quaresma's still out of the national team!At least he has to be selected instead of Varela!Nani shined against Stoke as well as Quaresma did everything yesterday!what a relentless player!Unbelievable moves, unstoppable and always willing to shot and available everywhere on the pitch!

Manuel Fernandes is one of the keys in midfield!Simply he's playing portuguese football!
Please give them a shot at least against Iceland they can be great subs!pleaaaaaaaaase Bento!

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